Ruby Walsh clears the last on Arvika Ligeonniere to win the John Durkan Memorial Chase on their last visit to Punchestown in December. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Punchestown Racing, Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare 8/12/2013The John Durkan Memorial Punchestown SteeplechaseRuby Walsh clears the last on Arvika Ligeonniere to win the third race of the dayMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Strictly on handicap figures Arvika Ligeonniere is no certainty to land tomorrow’s Grade Two feature but the only statistic likely to end up counting (...)

 Trainer Tony Martin has a big decision to make about Bog Warrior.

An important piece of work tomorrow could decide if Bog Warrior – the horse once with the steeplechase world at his feet – makes his first start over (...)

Sir Des Champs, who took a recent heavy fall in the Durkan Chase, has come out of that race fine and is reported to be in good shape for next week’s Lexus Chase.

Willie Mullins has confirmed Sir Des Champs is on course for next week’s Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, as the champion trainer targets a first ever suc(...)

Ruby Walsh returns on Briar Hill following their victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at last March’s Cheltenham Festival. The partnership are fancied to land tomorrow’s Grade One €70,000 Navan Novice Hurdle.

Even by Irish standards, just four runners in tomorrow’s €70,000 Navan Novice Hurdle is a below average Grade One turnout in terms of quantity, but Br(...)

Ruby Walsh pops Arvika Ligeonniere over the last on their way to victory in yesterday’s John Durkan Memorial Chase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Modern digital communication means the 10,000kms between Punchestown and Hong Kong was no barrier to Willie Mullins watching Arvika Ligeonniere win ye(...)

Sir Des Champs (Davy Russell) clears the last fence ahead of Long Run before landing the Punchestown Gold Cup last April. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Willie Mullins has already said Sir Des Champs’ campaign revolves around going one better than last season in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but ground condi(...)

The parade ring at Kempton before the Weatherbys Bank Novices’ Hurdle yesterday.

Flemenstar is set to have his first start for new trainer Tony Martin in Sunday’s Boylesports Fortria Chase at Navan where he will defend the Grade Tw(...)

Flemenstar and jockey Andrew Lynch on the way to winning the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in 2012. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Owner Stephen Curran has confirmed top Irish chaser Flemenstar will be trained by Tony Martin this season.The eight-year-old won three Grade One event(...)

Marito ridden by Ruby Walsh was second to Rye Martini in The Stephens Green Hibernian Club Hurdle during World Series Hurdle Day at the 2013 Festival at Punchestown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The phrase ‘just a scratch’ is usually a dismissive term in the tough world of jump racing but a scratch cost Solwhit his chance of festival g(...)